• Acupuncture helps arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions

    ‘Few complementary therapies help arthritis’
    By Michelle Roberts, Health editor, BBC News online

    Few complementary therapies appear to help musculoskeletal conditions like arthritis, say experts who have looked at the available trial evidence. Most alternative treatments have either not been scientifically tested or subjected to limited investigations, says Arthritis Research UK. Of 25 therapies, only a handful were judged to have enough medical evidence to support their use. These included acupuncture, massage, tai chi and yoga…

    ...For arthritis, they found 53 trials of 14 different therapies among nearly 6,000 patients. Only tai chi and acupuncture appeared to work. For fibromyalgia there were 50 trials of 17 different therapies in more than 3,000 patients. Acupuncture and massage came out top, closely followed by tai chi and relaxation therapy. For sore backs, yoga and acupuncture appeared the most effective, and there was some evidence to also support the use of osteopathy and relaxation therapy as well as the Alexander technique which focuses on posture and movement.

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